Minor Football – County Champions!
Within one year of their inception, Kilpeacon minor footballers are County Minor Football B champions following an emphatic win over a fancied Glennacurrane on Saturday last in Martinstown. Despite the heavy rain that persisted throughout the first half, both sides produced good quality free flowing football. Kilpeacon settled quickly with Cormac Flanagan causing havoc to the opposition’s full back line and Micheál O’Neill and Craig McNamara taking good scores. A well taken goal by Craig McNamara help set the tone for the game and a lead we would never relinquish. Glennacurrane kept in touch with some good points from play but a masterful display of disciplined defending in the full back line by the Evan and Tim Moloney and Colm Carey never presented them a sniff at goal which was ably guarded by the reassuring presence of Eoin Enright. Further points by powerful Damien Kearney and three by the resurgent Micheál O’Neill gave us a 1.6 to 0.4 half time advantage. The open spaces of Martinstown allowed David Cregan to use his pace to a great extend in both defense and attack and the work-rate and play making skills of Gary O’Connell were a joy to behold.
Fears of a comeback were eased after five minutes of the second half when Seán Fitzgerald showed his vision and versatility at full forward and set-up Damien Kearney for a cracking goal. At this stage David Macken and C. Flanagan were dominant at midfield and David got reward for his great work with a sweetly taken point. Further points were added by Craig McNamara (2) and Damien Kearney. Glennacurrane continued to battle with their strong midfield axes and and never gave up and it required a great defensive effort by out half backs the combative Nicky Morrissey, the commanding Conor Burke and the ever consistent Liam Carey to keep them at bay. When introduced, Liam Quirke reveled in the open spaces and scored a wonderful solo goal. Late Glencurrane pressure was rewarded with a goal and reflected their never say die spirit. Our late substitutes David Butler, Tom Keogh and Conor and Daragh Griffin helped us helped us safely over the finish line on the scoreline 3.9 to 1.6.
Duirt ár gcaptaen Tim Ó Maoldomhnaigh go raibh áthas air an corn a ghlacadh ar son foireann ‘Kilpeacon’ agus buíochas a ghabháil leis a fhoireann féin, an réiteoir, an lucht féachana, páirc Martinstown, le foireann Glennacurrane agus na bainisteoirí Kilpeacon go leir a chabhraigh leo.
The game brought an end to an excellent football season for our minors. Well done to every panel member who has played a role in achieving both city and county honours for the club. For those involved in minor hurling the pursuit continues.
Panel: Eoin Enright,Evan Moloney,Tim Moloney,Liam Carey,Colm Carey, Conor Burke,Nicky Morrissey, Seán Fitzgerald, David Macken, Gary. O’Connell, Micheál O’ Neill,Damien Kearney,David Cregan,Cormac Flanagan,Craig McNamara, David Butler,Conor Griffin,Darragh Griffin,Thomas Keogh, Liam Quirke.